Ian Thomas performing solo, with accompaniment, or with his Band Of Drifters; draws on a variety of American roots influences, delivering a captivating raw live performance and distinctive sound from his original compositions on guitar, harmonica and kazoo. His latest release is a full-band album "Live in 2016" of 14 original songs that are deeply rooted in the classic country and American folk sounds.
He has shared the stage with The Avett Brothers, Taj Mahal, John Hammond, Cyril Neville, Corey Harris, Sam Bush, Shovels & Rope, The Wood Brothers, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Reverend Goat and Dr. John and more. Touring both here in the US and abroad, he has performed at festivals around the country, including Bonnaroo, Pickathon, Red Ants Pants and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion. Currently, he splits his time between Tennessee and Montana.
“Songster Ian Thomas combines varied influences from the strangest roots of
America’s canon to deliver incomparable compositions with complexity and
beauty. And a kazoo.” - RelixMagazine
“These are sturdy one-man acoustic performances that reek of whiskey and lost
relationships. As a live performer, Thomas is clearly picking up the torch of
American folk music.” - Philadelphia Weekly
“Folk singer Ian Thomas, this year’s Press Best Of winner for nostalgia-free
revival act, is on the cusp of greatness…” - NY Press
“I’ve seen Ian Thomas live several times and I don’t say it lightly when I
proclaim that one of those performances was the most powerful and awe
inspiring sets I have ever seen in my life.” - Urban Folk
"Thomas is een moderne troubadour die folk en blues vermengd alsof er geen andere mogelijkheid bestaat. Het Hank-gedeelte komt erbij door de klank van Thomas zijn stem. Die klinkt als vervlogen tijden." - Hanx.net
“There are probably lots of good old boys in Nashville... wishing there were more like Ian Thomas. ... These live cuts are old stuff done well.” - Murfreesboro Pulse